Hayley Drust finds solution to type 1 diabetes exercise dilemma

Allan, I was just about at my wits end when I managed to stumble across your fantastic website - it’s awesome!

“I learnt so much about myself and the various factors that affect my diabetes… with my newfound knowledge I feel confident to perform any type of physical activity, even try new things. Instead of my diabetes controlling me, it has enabled me to take back control so that I now feel like I can achieve anything I put my mind to!”

Hayley Drust

Thanks, for helping both me and my care team achieve success.

About 18 months ago I changed my exercise regime and began weight training and spin cycling classes at my local gym, I was loving it but it was causing my blood glucose levels to go through the roof, particularly during and after the workout as well as overnight. This was incredibly frustrating for me as I always thought the fitter you are and the more exercise you do, the better your blood glucose control would be.

The emotional roller coaster I was on was beginning to affect my social and working life and I became increasingly depressed and frustrated because I was doing all the right things by exercising and eating correctly but I just couldn’t get this under control. I was losing weight as I wasn’t eating as much since my sugars were so high and I was tired, wasn’t sleeping well and felt completely run down and out of sorts, to put it bluntly I was at my wits end!

I had been seeing my local diabetes care team for several months and we tried various different things to try to get my blood sugars back on track but to no avail. It seemed the fitter I got and the more muscle I built, the higher my blood glucose readings would go!

My diabetes care team were trying to help me as best they could but simply hadn’t come across anything like this and were completely baffled but you identified the root of the problem immediately. Helping both me and my care team achieve success.

I cannot thank you enough for this website. There are soooo many type 1 diabetics out there who will benefit from this! I learnt so much about myself and the various factors that affect my diabetes… with my newfound knowledge I feel confident to perform any type of physical activity, even try new things. Instead of my diabetes controlling me, it has enabled me to take back control so that I now feel like I can achieve anything I put my mind to!